Textiles and Clothing, C.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London)

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Among the most evocative items to be discovered by archaeologists are the scraps of silk and wool and other fabrics that signal so eloquently their owner's status and concerns. Such clothing and textile finds have figured prominently in excavations of medieval sites in London in the past two decades; they have included knitting, tapestries, silk hair-nets and elaborately patterned oriental, Islamic and Italian fabrics, which reveal for the first time the wide range of cloths available to medieval Londoners; there are beautifully made buttons, and buttonholes and edgings which display superb craftsmanship and a high level of needlework skills; the way that clothes were cut and sewn can be studied in detail. This highly readable account will be of wide general interest; dress historians and archaeologists will also find a wealth of new insights into the fashions, clothing and textile industries of medieval England and Europe. First published in 1992 Contents include: The Excavations, Techniques used in Textile Production, Wool Textiles, Goathair Textiles, Linen Textiles, Silk Textiles, Mixed Cloths, Narrow Wares, Sewing Techniques and Tailoring, Dyes. THE AUTHORS Past and present staff of the Museum of London.

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Many medieval textiles have been found in archaeological digs in London recently, revealing the wide range of clothes available to Londoners at that time. Finds include tapestries, knitting, silk hairnets and patterned oriental, Islamic and Italian fabrics. Exquisite buttons, buttonholes and edgings display superb craftsmanship and a high level of needlework skills. The authors examine the way that clothes were cut and sewn, and survey these discoveries, providing new insights into the fashions, clothing and textile industries of medieval England and Europe. This book should be interesting to archaeologists and historians and anybody requiring information on period costume.

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A model of clarity, and copiously illustrated with photographs and diagrams. It provides absolutely essential reference material for the dress historian and archaeologist, for the early textile specialist, and those interested in the tools and equipment used. TOOL AND TRADES HISTORY SOCIETY NEWSLETTER (Linda Woolley, curator of early and medieval textiles and dress, V&A Museum) Highly readable... I particularly like the 'how to' section, and the inclusion of patter lay-outs. FINDS RESEARCH GROUP

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